A change of pace with Mark’s sweet romance

38910362Guns n’ Boys: A Breath of Innocence by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, where to begin. I’m going to start with the end and the post credits scene and just say – wtf ladies! I don’t like the look of that and it seems like things are going to be heating up again soon.

Now, back to this actual story and oh my, I don’t think Mark and Griffin could have been any cuter if they tried. This really is a breath of innocence in the ever more murky world of Dom & Seth and the Mark we get here is almost like a new man.

He’s followed Charlotte back to the UK but finds something else way more important and real when he meets her brother. I loved the dynamics between these two.

Mark’s background and upbringing – and his experiences in the last book – have left him scarred but not bowed and he’s determined to make a fresh start with an honest job after his studies.

Griff’s 17 at the start, but his birthday follows quickly after the two meet, and he’s young and naive and sees the world through the veneer of a rich but somewhat lonely upbringing.

There’s the usual shocks galore but this one is missing the violence which is usually a hallmark of the series. That’s not to say there isn’t hurt aplenty and I wanted to hug them both many times (and punch Charlotte in the face a lot too!)

It was a different pace to the usual Guns n’ Boys but no less enjoyable an experience and I was rooting for them both as much as I do for Dom & Seth. And how beautiful is the cover?!

#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Guns n’ Boys Series Blog Tour by K.A. Merikan – special guest flashfic

Guns n’ Boys Series Blog Tour by K.A. Merikan

I am so pleased to be hosting K.A. Merikan as part of their Blog Tour promoting the wonderful Guns n’ Boys series and make sure you read down to find out about the exciting Giveaways being offered by the authors.

Guns n’ Boys is a twisted, dark erotic romance mixed with a crime thriller. It’s a long, turbulent journey of one couple deeply entrenched in the dealings of their mafia family.

Behind the morbid humor and extreme violence hides the intense love affair of Domenico Acerbi, the mafia’s best hitman, and Seth Villani, the Don’s son.

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Book #1 He Is Poison | Book #2 He Is Mine

Book #3 Homicidal Instinct | Book #4 Swamp Blood

Book #5 ChokeholdBook #6 Bloodbath

Book #7 Gilded Agony

Flash Fic

Seth sat on the sofa next to Domenico, slowly falling asleep with his face buried in Dom’s long, fragrant hair.

“What’s this popcorn?” Mark asked from the armchair in front of the TV, crunching loudly.

“Cinnamon and toffee,” Dom said, petting Seth’s arm in a languid motion.

“I thought you didn’t like popcorn.” Seth yawned and cuddled up closer.

“I don’t, but if he’s gonna eat it, he might at least have a good quality product.”

Domenico’s chest sank so rapidly Seth’s head slipped to Dom’s arm, and he looked up, somewhat confused, but the hand gently petting his neck took him right back to bliss. He loved listening to Domenico’s voice. It was as smooth as his appearance.

Mark chuckled. “Quality product,” he mocked.

“You find this funny?” Dom asked.

“It’s true,” Seth purred, scratching Dom’s stomach. “Only quality for Domenico Acerbi.”

Mark shrugged, stuffing his face with more popcorn. “Take cheese for example. It’s cheese. Doesn’t really get much better than that.”

A low growl left Domenico’s chest. “Oh, please. I saw you eat that liquid pseudo-cheese that comes in a can. Just wait until we take you back home and you try real food.”

“Even the air is better quality.” Seth sighed at the memory and kissed Dom’s knuckles. When he looked up, Domenico’s amber gaze was bathing him in attention.

“And the men. I only take the best of what the world offers me.”

Mark groaned and Seth wanted to reprimand him for chewing so loudly. “I’m guessing that’s Seth then. The best. In the world.” Mark snorted.

“Oh, shut it,” Seth threw a shoe at Mark but missed.

Domenico nuzzled Seth’s nose with a proud smile. “Precisely. Ripened in the Sicilian sun, fed nutritious food until he grew tall and muscular. He’d been waiting for me to pluck him.”

Seth raised his eyebrows, unsure if he should feel complimented or offended.

“So I have to go to Sicily to get a quality man like him?” Mark asked, but Seth heard the mockery in his tone.

Dom kissed Seth’s temple. “There’s only one of him, and he’s taken.”

Mark groaned. “Cheese is cheese, and a dick’s a dick.”

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To begin your journey with Seth and Domenico you should start here, with Book One: He Is Poison.
— Love like butterfly knives in the stomach. —

 

Domenico Acerbi. The Villani Family’s best assassin. Ruthless. Vicious. With no patience for weakness.

Seth Villani. The Don’s son. Clueless. Stubborn. In dire need of someone to keep him in line.

Domenico Acerbi grew up ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.

The last thing he wants to deal with is training the Don’s son for his future role within the organization. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer, Seth Villani is no mafia material. But a man who could never become a threat might just be what Domenico needs.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when he’s pulled back into the fold. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, letting go becomes impossible.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living.

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Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, forced proximity

Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller

Length: ~110,000 words

WARNING: Adult content. Sizzling hot scenes. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

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Release Blitz – Gilded Agony: Guns n’ Boys #7 by K.A. Merikan

Length: 92,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
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Blurb
 

“We are two halves of the same rotten apple.”

Deep in the Amazonian jungle, there is a mansion with a rose garden and a hen house where juicy tomatoes are the perfect shade of red, and marble countertops glisten.

Inside, where even the shadows don’t reach, something is rotting, and the perfect facade can only hold the stench for so long.

Domenico promised his husband that he would keep him safe, keep him away from the bloodshed and the brutal world of cartel violence. But when a guest arrives to help retrieve a stolen transport of guns, something sinister sneaks into his home, something more dangerous than his enemies. Or has it been there all along, and he just hasn’t noticed?

Seth’s life is what others dream of. Endless leisure time filled with cocktails, a kitchen stocked with anything he wishes for, and a private pool in the sunshine. What’s missing is the man he shares it with, the man he fell in love with. If being cut off from the mafia business was what he wanted, then why is it so painfully lonely in paradise?

Desperate to be the supportive husband Domenico needs, Seth buries his rage, his violent urges, and the anger that simmers inside of him. But he can only hide in plain sight for so long, and when a guest invites him to play with fire, one misstep, one wrong move, could burn their safe haven to the ground.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, family ties, domestic violence, inequality, betrayal, revenge.

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
 Excerpt
 

Domenico could get drunk on the taste of the shivering body underneath him. Men had given into him before, but none like Seth. None were a challenge to be conquered again and again. Seth’s reflection in the water had its eyes closed, lips open, but noticing them only reminded Domenico of Diego’s audacity to so much as look at Seth in a vulgar manner. He had no right. No one else had that right.

The water cast blue lights on Seth’s face, reaching out to caress him with translucent fingers. Hand squeezed in the hair at the back of Seth’s head, Domenico pushed in so hard Seth fell flat on the tiles, dipping his nose in the water.

“Deep breath,” he whispered into the warm ear.

Seth glanced back at him, red-faced and panting, but understanding finally sank in and he did as told. It was a good thing that Seth was willing to butt heads, because seeing him then comply only made Domenico thrust into that greedy hole harder.

Danger was an aphrodisiac to Seth. He’d proven that much when they’d first fucked on Toro’s property, in the wine cellar below the kitchen floor where there were no cameras to spy on them. It was back then that Domenico tightened his hand around Seth’s throat for pleasure for the first time. T

wo years on, Dom was still more than eager to give his husband exactly what he needed. The loss of breath. The adrenaline, the rush of blood coming back once arteries were released made Seth’s orgasms earth-crushing.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

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Not quite as much mayhem for this pair

No Matter What: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #4)No Matter What: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one’s an odd one out in the series so far as it has an almost sweet note to it. I say almost because hey, this is a book about bikers and their violent ways, but Ghost and Luca are much more gentle characters.

There’s an interesting cameo from Guns ‘n Boys big nasty Frederico Villani in this one too which adds a bit of background to what’s been going on with Dom and Seth in that series.

You could still read this book if you haven’t read G&B though as the story is self contained. Tooth and Luci, now going by Lucky, are in this one a bit too but, again, not enough that you’d need to have read their story.

I didn’t like this one as much as the previous but it’s still a seriously good headrush through the world of the Coffin Nails.
Now, when do we get Grim’s story?!

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So good: Violent, dark, passionate, erotic, dangerous

Guns n' Boys: Bloodbath (Book 6) (gay dark mafia romance)Guns n’ Boys: Bloodbath (Book 6) by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I keep running out of things to say about this series of books from K A Merikan but they are simply outstanding.

Seth and Dom are Butch & Sundance, Bonnie & Clyde, Harley Quinn & The Joker, all rolled into two deliciously dark and brutal Italian Mafioso packages.

There’s no glamour here, it’s harsh and vicious and cruel and unrepentant and it’s insanely erotic with heat levels approaching molten lava.

The boys world just keeps on getting more complicated and more twisted and I know Kat and Agnes have said they expect there to be 10 books in this series so I have to wonder just what else dangers and dramas they’re going to be put through.

And who is Diego, what’s Dana’s ultimate motivation, what’s Nero’s game and when’s Miguel finally gonna crack?! I cannot wait to find out.

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